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Filler characters are characters that are created by the creators of the media they originate from just to fill up space or time. Usually, they contribute nothing, and we mean nothing to the actual show, and often they just for no reason. They can also have one-note personalities, such as comic relief. These characters are usually also seen as The Scrappy of the show. Sometimes, a filler character can get so bad that they eventually take over most of the screen time, and most often these characters may co-side with the show going down the toilet.

Most filler characters have a few certain traits that make them filler as well, such as trying to hunt down the main character (like Denzel Crocker and Amanda Killman), side existing with the main character (like Monokuma Kubs or Burt Burtonburger), or existing to be goof off comic reliefs (like most filler characters in fact). Most of these traits can be combined as well, birthing out an atrocious character who is nothing but a waste of oxygen.

Usually, they get worse as time moves on, and in worse cases, they can get so derailed they may become a creator's pet, as mentioned above.

Sometimes, flanderized and derailed characters can become filler characters once their personalities get butchered, such as Denzel Crocker.

Note that in rare cases however, a filler character may somewhat be likable or have decent moments, and in even better cases, the character may only be limited to one or few episodes, and never appear again.

An example of a filler character.
Another example of a filler character, but they're actually written decently despite being in a bad show.
Another example of filler characters that are also written decently to thoroughly conclude the canon story arc.

Notable Filler Characters

  • Tobias (Pokémon): Because has extremely little buildup before his battle with Ash, only appearing in a few cameos, not to mention that he has little personality.
  • Carrot (Battle For Isle Sleep): Despite being the "main antagonist" of the series, he gets little-to-no screentime and he has only competed in only one challenge, which is standing on the beam to become an "antagonist", not to mention his personality is nothing but a stereotypical generic bully and he has absolutely no reason to cause havoc and bully the other characters from the show.
  • Amanda Killman (Bunsen Is a Beast; basically modern Denzel Crocker but worse)
  • Birdo (exists to be filler in the Mario Party games and the most infamous)
  • Denzel Crocker (became filler in seasons 9 and 10 of The Fairly OddParents)
  • Coconuts (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog; A robot monkey that serves as the butt for most of the slapstick humor, and he often takes abuse most of the time simply for existing despite his rather extreme effort and enthusiasm, getting demoted constantly for mostly nothing… And it's not like Scratch and Grounder have it good either.)
  • Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong Country TV series; serves no purpose in the show other than filler)
  • Goosey Loosey (Chicken Little): Serves no purpose but to be Foxy Loxy's lackey.
  • Sid's family: Only created to make Sid feel sad about himself and give the audience someone to root against.
  • Thief Pig (Angry Birds Evolution; serves no purpose in the game other than stealing. Besides, he's a carbon copy of Patsy from the same exact game, so they could've used Patsy instead of creating him.)
  • Artist Pig (Angry Birds Stella Toons; serves no purpose but to have another pig to be typically at the mistreatment of Gale only for a dumb reason, though, Willow sure felt bad about him.)
  • Handsome Pig (Angry Birds Stella Toons; the same thing as Artist Pig, but he is used the most out of all of Gale's pigs but still only serves as a token love interest to boost Gale's character.)
  • Slip & Slide D'Peel (Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island): They aren't that useful. Coconut Fred doesn't torture the two compared to how he does that to his "friends" while he's playing with them.
  • Floch Forster (Attack on Titan): He gets so much screentime, but what's mainly baffling is he gets no character development at all.
  • Bobert (The Amazing World of Gumball; He was only to serve as a misunderstood character by the other kids in episodes before near the end of the show's run.)
  • William (The Amazing World of Gumball; he serves even less of a purpose than Bobert does, but like Bobert, he is a decent filler character)
  • Bobby (Craig of the Creek; a notable running joke is where he would trip and fall on his face and say "My Candy!")
  • Dizzy the Cement Mixer (Bob the Builder, 2015; one example of a decent filler)
  • Roley the Steam Roller (Bob the Builder, 2015; not only was he flanderized into a neurotic flat freak, but has been reduced to filler)
  • Derek (Cool Cat Saves The Kids): He has some very pointless moments that provide lots of filler in the process, like when he showcased his Van Halen-signed guitar. Another one includes him whacking sticks on a tree as a form of 'cardio training', and it can come off as a tad bit creepy and merely questionable for a kids' movie.
  • Broken Glass (Object Redemption): She's bland, forgettable, somewhat rude, and a Mary Sue who is one of these object show contestants that are left out from the team, not to mention that she is a generic annoying dull character who has no potential to be interesting.
  • Burt Burtonburger (Kid vs. Kat): He is often the star of filler subplots in each episode that do not contribute anything to the main premise of each episode. Plus, he has almost no other characterization other than being an illogically oblivious father who scolds and punishes his son and blames him for everything Kat does while he's not looking, even if the situation is something Coop really can't do (and he never defends him whenever other characters blindly blame Coop for Kat's actions without enough proof). Burt also never tries to understand his son at all, making him a bad father.
  • Phone (Object Mayhem): The main purpose of him existing is to be filler, as a fact, he's one of those generic "nice guys" in a show like Object Mayhem, because he's bland and doesn't do anything useful, and he has no personality at all, especially since he just idles like a statue mostly.
  • Kara Fowdy (Black Lightning): She wasn't needed as an antagonist since her only role was as one was to be a spotter for the A.S.A. and she proved not to be good at it since she never noticed Jefferson was a meta.
  • Jared Shapiro (2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls) Has no purpose except for being Blossoms love Interest.
  • Alessi (JoJo's Bizzare Adventure): He is just another pointless minion of the main villain that's just an obstacle for the main characters.
  • Egg Timer (Fight In Flight): Just like Phone, he is a bland timid character, but somewhat rude.
  • Kikyo (Inuyasha): She has no purpose of existing other than making the romance between Inuyasha and Kagome more complicated, there’s plenty of better ways that this could have been done.
  • The Principal (To Love-Ru): There's no proper reason for him to exist and no reason of why he keeps being a pervert to other girls, as he's a Glenn Quagmire copy.
  • Casey (Object Overload): Like Popcorn, she's a generic "nice contestant" who happens to be a Mary-Sue who has zero amounts of character development.
  • Nia (Thomas & Friends): She was only added to the main cast and replaced Edward The Blue Engine for "gender equality".
  • Rebecca (Thomas & Friends): Like Nia, she only exists to add gender equality, except she replaced Henry the Green Engine.
  • Ronaldo Fryman (Steven Universe): He is filler because he has absolutely zero purpose besides being a delusional jerk who tries to show off his blog.
  • Makunga (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa): Despite being the main antagonist, he doesn't have much screentime.
  • Go Fish Gang (Megamind vs Doom Syndicate; Megamind Rules!)ː Just another group of villains for Megamind to face against. Which we already have the Doom Syndicate in this very movie and TV series.
  • Brimmy (South Park): While he's been on the show since Season 1 and is intended to be one of the supporting characters in the series, he is underdeveloped and never spoke, unlike other background characters like Anne, Kevin, and Red.
  • BJ and Baby Bop (Barney & Friends; in the later seasons, they exist solely to act as plot devices who need Barney's help learning morals)
  • Millicent Bluenight (The Vexations of a Shut-in Vampire Princess); she only exists as the stereotypical mean girl to annoy the protagonist and serves no actual purpose to the story.
  • Trent Overunder & Mary Gaperman (Henry Danger): Only serve as filler to interrupt stuff and will get on nerves quickly.
  • Evelyn Claythorne (Meta Runner): Like most mean popular girl characters, she is pure filler, serving no purpose to the plot, except to be an excessive jerk and villain to the main character, for the sake of pissing off the audience in the cheapest way possible.
  • Devil Banishers (Black Clover; although they're decently written to conclude the Elf Reincarnation arc)
  • Dorothy (Elmo's World): Does nothing interesting but swim in her fish bowl.
  • Drawer (Elmo's World): All it does is move around Elmo's room and push him away in the process of getting out the photo quiz.
  • Little Cat Z (The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss): A visible and possessed a hipster attitude, with him muttering Z-words non-stop.
  • Terrence McBird (The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss): A character introduced in the 2nd season serving as someone who disagrees with the Cat and almost every other episode involves him not wanting to try something and the Cats getting him to like it.
  • And any other character from S9-12 of TTTE (Because they serve as cash cows for merchandise)(However, a good amount of them are well-written)
    • Molly (Because she serves as a cash cow for merchandise)
    • Mighty Mac (Because they weren't really used outside of their debut episode, or had anything very interesting to them except for their neat design, because if they were going to make Skarloey and Rheneas childish engines, they could've just used Mighty Mac, but what's even worse is that Mighty Mac was introduced in season 9 and only used up until season 12, which was the exact era that Skarloey and Rheneas were reduced to children.
    • Neville (The only episode where he had a purpose was Thomas and the New Engine from Season 9) is someone who was falsely accused of being allied with diesels by Thomas.
    • Dennis: He is just lazy and idiotic because he left his trucks on the main line, however, he is understandably flawed and relatable.
    • Proteus: He's a lazy Sir Handel repaint who had little personality, not to mention, he doesn't exist.
    • Rosie: (Same as Molly)
    • Rocky: We already have Harvey for a crane engine, though he is likeable.
    • Fearless Freddie: Like Proteus, he causes plot holes in the Skarloey Railway lore because it doesn't make sense that Sir Handel knows him but Skarloey and Rheneas don't (Though it's possible he knew him from when Sir Handel wasn't on the Railway).
    • Jeremy: Had no purpose outside of his debut episode; "Thomas and The Jet Plane".
    • Whiff: He is another cash cow for merchandise.
    • Madge: She is another cash cow for merchandise as well.
    • Billy: He only appeared in one episode; Don't Be Silly Billy, and that episode was just to promote his merchandise, and not to mention, he's arguably the worst out of all these characters.
    • Stanley: Serves as yet another "Boy Next Door" character to make Thomas jealous.
    • Hank: Appears one time briefly as your generic every day "Muscle".
    • Colin: He was introduced in "The Party Surprise" from Season 12 and then never showed again, but the wharf was introduced in Season 9, which was a season in the HIT model era, and season 12 is the last HIT model season.
    • Flora: This is a plot device to try not to have Toby as the only steam team on Sodor, and not to mention that in the same season Flora appeared in was where Toby was told by Sir Topham Hatt that he was the only steam tram.
  • Mr. Weiner, Pizza Pete, Senor Taco, and Noodleman (SpongeBob SquarePants): Serving as Spongebob torture.
  • Icarus (Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might): A non-canon character that only exists in the movies.
  • Fanfan (Dragon Ball Z): Only served as the love interest of Master Roshi.
  • Dirk Dumphrey (The 7D): He is a character who only appears in one episode and does nothing more than give the episode a villain, even though the plot itself didn't need an antagonist to work. Plus, all he does is just torture the 7D in really dumb, mean-spirited ways that do not contribute anything interesting to the plot, making him a jerk and a torture character who isn't even an "evil" antagonist.
  • Principal Rogerson (Exchange Student Zero; particularly in the TV movie) He is the single most pointless character in the movie and he practically has no small amount of relation to the more important parts of the movie, making him feel out of place. He also has poor motivation to want to be an enemy to the protagonists (and even to other characters) as his reasons are dumb, confusing, and illogical. By the third act, he serves as nothing more than a dumb plot device who foolishly endangers his school by summoning so many monsters because he is obsessed with a seductive-looking girl in Hiro's universe. Apart from that, he's just a generic, almost one-dimensional caricature of corrupt principals who make over-the-top actions without any depth or small amount of relatability.
  • Doppy Dopweiler (Planet Sheen)ː His character as a whole is just a stale copy of Carl Wheezer but with none of the charm and likability of him. Along with that, his character is pointless, as if you're going to make him basically the exact same as Carl Wheezer, then... why not use Carl Wheezer?
  • Willie Scott (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)ː She is here because she was only used to be Indiana Jones' love interest in Temple of Doom, but unlike Indy's other love interests, she somehow cannot defend herself in the slightest.

Why They Don't Fill

  1. They only exist for no reason other than to fill up space by the creators of the media they are from.
  2. The characters' personalities are nothing but one note, including stupid, mean-spirited, quirky, etc.
  3. It's just the creator wanting to make more of many characters rather than make it quality.
  4. These characters steal screen time from other good characters.
  5. Most often nothing is charming about the character because they are only one-dimensional.
  6. Filler characters can get flanderized really easily.
  7. They're often just blatant Gary Stus or Mary Sues.
  8. Usually it's often the same formula with these characters due to their one-dimensional personality, like Casey never interacting with her best friend Popcorn (Object Overload), Burt Burtonburger just repeatedly unfairly punishing his son Coop (Kid vs. Kat), FeeBee just selfishly not sharing her flowers (Unikitty!), or Amanda Killman failing to capture Bunsen (Bunsen is a Beast).
  9. Some of them can be stereotypical, take Jared Shapiro from the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls for example.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. There can be times when filler characters can have good moments.
  2. Some filler characters can be likable and somewhat tolerable.

Trivia

  • Some filler characters disappear or are forgotten after a few episodes.

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